Shirley Jones wants a high-flying 80th birthday

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 29 at 11:04 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shirley Jones can't wait to jump into her birthday plans.

The Oscar-winning actress and singer says she'll take her very first skydive on Monday — her 80th birthday.

She's wanted to do it all her life, Jones said Friday. She was inspired to try by former President George H.W. Bush's jumps on several birthdays, including when he turned 85 in 2009.

If Bush can do it, so can she, Jones said — although she said her sons oppose the plan.

Jones, who starred in TV's "The Partridge Family" in the 1970s, gained fame with the 1950s film versions of the Broadway musicals "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel." She won an Oscar for the 1960 drama "Elmer Gantry."

Her family is throwing Jones an 80th birthday party Sunday.

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